Nathan Francisty, 28, of Orillia, pictured here while working on a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean. Francisty died while swimming off the south coast of Saint Thomas last Saturday when he was struck by a rogue wave. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

'It's just a terrible tragedy'

Search crews are scrambling to retrieve the body of a local man who died while swimming in a treacherous area off the coast of the small Caribbean Isl

The Barrie Colts recently signed 17-year-old forward Chiwetin Blacksmith, who was born in the Cree community of Waswanipi, located in the Eeyou Istchee territory of central Quebec. Blacksmith says he hopes young native children will look up to him like he did to players such as Jonathan Cheechoo. TERRY WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Blacksmith forging ahead

Chiwetin Blacksmith comes out of the Barrie Colts dressing room with a Band-Aid covering a pretty good gash on his upper lip.

Barrie Colts captain Joseph Blandisi loses an edge and the puck under the watchful eye of the Plymouth Whalers' with Victor Crus Rydberg, during first-period OHL action Thursday at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Whalers won, 4-2. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Whalers harpoon Colts

The Barrie Colts were coming in on a high, facing an opponent who was down and out. But as is often the case, both teams reversed their fortunes by the end of the night.

The Canadian Lacrosse League’s Barrie franchise has announced their team nickname and released their logo. The team has been christened the Barrie Blizzard and will play out of the Barrie Molson Centre. SUBMITTED

Blizzard players land in NLL

Four members of the Canadian Lacrosse League's Barrie Blizzard have landed active or practice roster spots in the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

Driver flees crash scene

Barrie police are looking for a male driver who fled the scene of three vehicle crash Thursday evening in the city's south end.

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